20 October, 2018

Mercedes AMG ONE - Is This The One?

Mercedes embarked on one of their most ambitious projects to date with the PROJECT ONE. The goal was to bring F1 hybrid technology to the road and it's going extremely well. 

For those who don't know, there was a huge technical shakeup in Formula 1 which introduced hybrid technology to the sport in 2014. Although it's a far cry from the screaming V10 era, these cars are still demolishing lap records year after year - to the point, it's become a game. 

The complexity of an F1 hybrid engine is phenomenal. Composed of six elements, it all culminates into a package (or power unit) weighing at least 145kg! Transferring this knowledge to a road-legal car is no simple task but Mercedes, who have dominated the hybrid era thus far, thought why not.

The timing of this project is apt as AMG will be celebrating their 50th birthday.

Just to give you an insight into what this car can do, you're looking at around 1,000 BHP and over 200mph top speed. Let's get into this.

Mercedes AMG ONE Design

As you know, the goal is to bring F1 tech to the road but how do you do that? 

Transferring an F1 racing car to the road isn't easy. They are complex machines that can't even start themselves. In addition to that, the Mercedes F1 car has a team of 700 people who spend over 250,000 hours working on it all year round - so how do you package all of that into a car?

Before we explore this further, there are some terms you need to know:

  • Powertrain/Power unit: This is the entire system which powers the car (the engine, two Energy Recovery Systems (ERS) and an Energy Store.
  • MGU-K: This converts kinetic energy, generated from breaking, into electricity and turns that into engine power. 
  • MGU-H: This converts the heat from exhaust gasses into electricity and then sends it to the MGU-K.       

It's an engineering marvel but it's the powertrain which influenced the car's design.

Why? Cooling is the biggest reason because a traditional F1 engine requires constant cooling and this presented a problem to the engineers. How Mercedes went around this was developing the engine at the F1 team's HQ in Brackley. The F1 engineers acted as advisors and the AMG team adapted it for road use.

With vast amounts of oxygen needed for cooling and combustion, you can see the intricate intakes and flaps around the car. This aids in cooling the engine, transmission, electric motors and more!

This isn't the biggest problem though. Think way before that. How do you tell an engine that requires a team, to start by itself? Not on a sunny day but rain, wind and snow? Then there are the emissions! Perhaps it's in the spec?

Mercedes AMG ONE Specification

In true racing style, don't expert a Louis Vuitton interior.

This two-seater has been stripped back and features a pod-like seating style for the ultimate driving experience.

In regard to the car's feel, you are spoilt with all-wheel drive, ceramic breaking (apparently 80% of this force is recovered as energy) and an 8-speed manual transmission for a raw experience.

Anyone intending to extract true performance from this car can revel in the fact that the downforce this car generates is around half its weight (around 675kg!). This is less than the McLaren Senna which you can read here: McLaren Senna - the new track-focused Hypercar.

So, how fast is it?

Mercedes AMG ONE Performance

With details still to be confirmed, here's what we have found so far.  

  • Engine: 1.6L V6 with direct injection.
  • Top Speed: 217mph+.
  • RPM: 11,000.
  • Engine Power: 603bhp.
  • Cost - £2.4m.
  • Units to be built: 275.
  • 0-60: less than 3 seconds.
  • 0-100: less than 6 seconds.
  • Electric Mode: driving range of 25km.
  • Engine life: 50,000km before they take it apart.

With more stats on the way, you can see how it already compares to the holy trinity and in some areas, eclipses them. 

Final Words

At the beginning of the article, we asked if this is the one? The whole point of this project was to give the market a new notion of performance - so they sourced it from the pinnacle of motorsport, Formula 1.

Navigating the challenges and complexities was no easy task but what Mercedes has done here is bring F1 technology to the road in a way which creates a whole new perspective. It's different from the Hennesey, Bugatti, Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche you name it - it's different. 

What this car does is open new avenues for future developments not only for Mercedes but vehicle manufacturers. If we are seeing the peak of vehicle performance on the road today then what will happen tomorrow?

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